American Bach Soloists
FESTIVAL
July 23 – July 31 


SAN FRANCISCO'S SUMMER BACH FESTIVAL
Herbst Theatre • San Francisco

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Flames of Love

Saturday July 23 • 8:00 p.m. • Herbst Theatre

HANDEL Tra le fiamme

TELEMANN Concerto in A Minor for Recorder and Viola da gamba

VIVALDI Violin Concerto in D Major
"The Great Moghul"

HANDEL Delirio amoroso

BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major

Soprano Mary Wilson's scintillating vocalism will captivate your ears in performances of two of Handel's most beautiful secular cantatas. Viola da gamba and recorders are at the core of the instrumental ensemble sonority, and two tour-de-force concertos for virtuoso violin bring excitement and palpable bravura to the stage.

Mary Wilson, soprano
Aldo Abreu, recorder
Kenneth Slowik, viola da gamba
Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin
Jacob Ashworth, violin

American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

Mary Wilson's appearance is sponsored by John & Lois Crowe.

Running time approximately 2 hours including one intermission

Flames of Love

Mary Wilson • Aldo Abreu • Kenneth Slowik • Tatiana Chulochnikova

Opening Night Dinner: Hayes Street Grill
Saturday July 23, 2022, 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of the 11th annual American Bach Soloists Festival with other ABS patrons before the concert on Saturday, July 23 beginning at 5 pm. Just steps from Herbst Theatre, enjoy food and beverage at the iconic Hayes Street Grill.

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The Harmonic Labyrinth

Sunday July 24 • 4:00 p.m. • Herbst Theatre

BACH “Wedding Cantata” 
Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten
("Depart, gloomy shadows")

TELEMANN Concerto for Four Violins in D Major

BACH Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor

TELEMANN Paris Quartet in D Major

LOCATELLI Violin Concerto in D Major
“The Harmonic Labyrinth”

Locatelli's rarely performed concerto "The Harmonic Labyrinth" is named after its extraordinarily expansive cadenza. YuEun Gemma Kim will bring her dazzling technique to this piece, equally matched by ABS flutist Sandra Miller's definitive performance of Bach's Orchestral Suite for flauto traverso and strings. Elegance is at the foreground of Telemann's Concerto and Quartet. And Bach's merry and bright Wedding Cantata sets the stage for this Sunday matinée.

Mary Wilson, soprano
Sandra Miller, flute
Tomà Iliev, violin
Kenneth Slowik, viola da gamba
Corey Jamason, harpsichord
YuEun Gemma Kim, violin


American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

Mary Wilson's appearance is sponsored by John & Lois Crowe.

Running time approximately 1 hour 50 minutes including one intermission

The Harmonic Labyrinth

Sandra Miller • Tomà Iliev • Corey Jamason • YuEun Gemma Kim

Classical Genius

Tuesday July 26 • 7:00 p.m. • Herbst Theatre

MOZART Flute Quartet in D Major

MOZART Clarinet Quintet in A Major

MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-Flat Major

Listening to superb chamber music is an exquisite experience unlike any other. Mozart's genius shines through in his Flute Quartet with refinement and grace at every turn. And one of the most alluring sounds of Classical period instruments is created by the clarinet. World-renowned clarinetist Thomas Carroll delivers the silken and velvety sonorities of Mozart's Quintet. And no work from the Classical era has ever eclipsed the sheer excitement and brilliance of Mendelssohn's breathtaking Octet.

Sandra Miller, flute
Thomas Carroll, clarinet
Jacob Ashworth, violin
Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin
Tomà Iliev, violin
YuEun Gemma Kim, violin
Ramón Negrón-Pérez, viola
Yvonne Smith, viola
Gretchen Claassen, violoncello
Kenneth Slowik, violoncello

Running time approximately 1 hour 45 minutes including one intermission

Classical Genius

Thomas Carroll • Jacob Ashworth • Ramón Negrón-Pérez • Yvonne Smith • Gretchen Claassen

Happy Hour at Herbst!

Wednesday July 27 • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. • The Green Room

Chamber Music by Bach
for Flute, Oboe, Violin,
Bassoon, & Harpsichord

Stop by for a mid-week happy hour with hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and free music performed by ABS Festival artists. Enjoy wine and a signature Festival Cocktail along with spirited performances by a quintet of engaging musicians playing on beautiful 18th-century instruments in one of San Francisco's most elegant destinations.

Gabriel Benton, harpsichord
Stephen Hammer, oboe
Nate Helgeson, bassoon
Bethanne Walker, flute
Jude Ziliak, violin

Happy Hour at Herbst

Gabriel Benton • Stephen Hammer • Nate Helgeson • Bethanne Walker • Jude Ziliak

Bach & Jazz: Blowin' the Blues Away

Thursday July 28 • 7:00 p.m. • Herbst Theatre

Nimm fünf
Choro a la Bach
Solfeggietto
Siciliana in G Minor
4 Bach Chorales
Don’t Stop this Train
Suite in D
Telemann Gigue
Bach Bourrées

We've heard from many in our audiences that one of their favorite ABS performances at our 2019 Festival was "Bach to Bluegrass & Beyond" . Bach’s timeless music has influenced and enlightened performers from all genres who utilize it as a source of harmonic and melodic inspiration. So — back by popular demand! — we're presenting some of the same multi-talented musicians in this summer's exploration titled "Bach & Jazz: Blowin' the Blues Away." The concert is sure to be a box office hit!

Chris Aschman, trumpet & steel pan drums
Gail Hernández Rosa, violin & viola
Kit Massey, piano & violin
Kjell Nordeson, percussion
Dan Turkos, bass & octave mandolin

Running time approximately 1 hour 30 minutes including one intermission

Bach & Jazz

Kjell Nordeson • Chris Ashman • Gail Hernandez Rosa • Kit Massey • Daniel Turkos

Barococo

Friday July 29 • 7:00 p.m. • Herbst Theatre

HANDEL Concerto Grosso in G Major

RAMEAU Suite from Dardanus

VIVALDI Concerto for 2 Violins in A Minor

BACH Missa in A Major

The galant styles of High Baroque and Rococo music join hands in the mature works by Bach and Rameau. The Missa in A Major is a curious amalgam of the traditional and contemporary, featuring a pair of a relatively “new” instrument on the scene, the flauto traverso. And the ornate wizardry of Rameau's theatrical Dardanus brought the opera acclaim as one of his greatest compositions. A glance back to the Italian roots of the Baroque is revealed in Handel's and Vivaldi's concertos.

Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
Tekla Cunningham, violin
Maya Kherani, soprano
Sarah Coit, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Hill, tenor
Mischa Bouvier, bass-baritone

American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

Mischa Bouvier's appearance is sponsored by Hugh Davies & Kaneez Munjee and Margaret Harrington.

Running time approximately 1 hour 45 minutes including one intermission

Barococo

Elizabeth Blumenstock • Tekla Cunningham • Maya Kherani • Mischa Bouvier

Belshazzar

Saturday July 30 • 7:00 p.m. • Herbst Theatre

HANDEL Belshazzar

Nitocris, mother of Belshazzar
   Maya Kherani, soprano

Daniel, a Jewish prophet
   Sarah Coit, mezzo-soprano

Cyrus, Prince of Persia
   Eric Jurenas, countertenor

Belshazzar, King of Babylon
   Matthew Hill, tenor

Gobryas, an Assyrian Nobleman
   Mischa Bouvier, bass-baritone

A dramatic account of the fall of Babylon at the hands of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the first Persian empire, and the ensuing freeing of the Jewish nation as told by Daniel, the noble youth of Jerusalem, is the subject of Handel's oratorio, composed during the peak of his creative life. After falling into neglect after Handel's death, 21st-century revivals of this splendid music have been presented in Zurich and Aix-en-Provence. A central and guiding character of Queen Nitocris, the mother of Belshazzar, encourages the story's triumphant ending.

American Bach Soloists
American Bach Cantorei
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

This performance is sponsored in part by Marie Hogan and James R. Meehan.

Mischa Bouvier's appearance is sponsored by Hugh Davies & Kaneez Munjee and Margaret Harrington.

Running time approximately 2 hours 45 minutes including one intermission

Belshazzar

Sarah Coit • Eric Jurenas • Matthew Hill • Jeffrey Thomas

Bach, Barges, and a Burlesque

Sunday July 31 • 4:00 p.m. • Herbst Theatre

BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major

TELEMANN Concerto for Oboe in C Minor

TELEMANN Overture in G Major 
"Quixote's Burlesque"

HANDEL Water Music Suite No.1 in F Major

Handel's glorious music for a lavish barge expedition on the River Thames and one of Bach's most treasured orchestral compositions create the pillars that surround a pair of imaginative works by Telemann: an Oboe Concerto that begins with a stupefying introduction and a sweetly sensitive musical characterization of "The Ingenious Gentleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha."  

Stephen Hammer, oboe

American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

Running time approximately 1 hour 40 minutes including one intermission

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